The Watervliet Fire Department is the Fire and Emergency Services branch of the City of Watervliet municipal government and has been housed in the Thomas M. McCormack Fire Headquarters on 2nd Avenue and 13th Street in the City since 1970. The Department consists of professional firefighters and operates under a four platoon system. The on duty work schedule is a twenty-four hour shift.
The Fire Department is National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a coordinated effort that brings together the major elements of an operation – specifically, command, operations, planning, and logistics under a unified command. The ICS is the backbone of Emergency Services response in the City of Watervliet.
The first alarm response consists of one engine and an aerial tower manned by platoon members on duty. Greater alarms are responded to by recall of off duty personnel via the County’s page/radio monitoring system and additional mutual aid or special call response. Emergency Medical certifications are held by all members of the firefighter staff. The EMS program is overseen by a medical doctor and Firefighter Tom Corcoran.
The City of Watervliet Fire Department also operates an ambulance service staffed by our firefighters who have been trained as paramedics. The service operates an Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit and a Basic Life Support (BLS) unit. This service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.